Something new, nothing borrowed, a lot of blue
A presentation of works from the U–jazdowski Collection
Something new, nothing borrowed, a lot of blue is a presentation of selected works purchased in recent years for the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art Collection, collected since 1992. The leitmotif of the show are various stories: personal, global, social, physical, and those related to a specific subject.
- The artist who literally draws from herself is Joanna Rajkowska. In the implementation of Satisfaction Guaranteed, she utilized her body's own secretions, which were used to produce several types of beverages, vaseline, soap or perfumes with the logo Satysfakcja (Satisfaction) on them. At first glance, they resemble ordinary commercial products, however, their composition includes the artist's saliva or her own pheromones. Using industrial goods, Rajkowska tells her autobiographical story, which she sketches with dozens of cans and cosmetics.
- With objects as the starting point, Jadwiga Sawicka creates works inspired by parts of her personal wardrobe and Wojciech Prażmowski, creating photographic collages.
- Karolina Breguła is an attentive observer and tracker of history, and whose film Leaving also found its place in the Collection. It shows the actual departure from work of the people who run on a daily basis the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. The film, made in 2013, is a revision of the short film Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory in Lyon by the Lumière brothers. The last person who symbolically closes the procession in Breguła's film, is the then director of the institution. A very minimalist job that puts forth a lot of important questions—including, can a cultural institution be compared to a factory and what does it really produce?
- The trio Markus Kaiser, Andree Korpys and Markus Löffler in the implementation of Supersam as well as Bartosz Zaskórski, who spins a utopian narrative about non-existent places in the series Villages all pose questions about the contemporary context of places existing in the past.
- Displayed will also be works that are anew undertaking themes related to national identity as well as the past. Shown will be, among others, the film Charge from C.T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska, referring to the tradition of Polish hussars and the symbolism connected with it.
- It consist of installations, objects, paintings , photographs and video works. The exhibition will be accompanied by an educational program dedicated especially to it, which will include, amongst others, workshops for families with children or a series of tours, also in English.